The music classes use a developmentally appropriate music curriculum that celebrates the importance of music, introduces music’s basic “language”, and nurtures those rhythmic, pattern loving musical seeds that are so naturally planted in a child’s brain. Music stimulates learning, lowers stress, and advances memory, attention, and brain development.
There is a new theme each month. Students use tapping, clacking and rhythm instruments that ring, such as rhythm sticks, one-bell jingles, egg shakers, drums and set it to music in order to improve hand-eye coordination and to strengthen fine motor skills. Storytime is also incorporated into the music classes. Stories during story time are carefully crafted to support the musical concepts that are highlighted in the lessons, while also encouraging the development of early literacy and other skills such as listening, sequencing, empathy, and anticipation. Students gather in a group to sing and play which is a positive way to lower inhibitions, build self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging. Group learning also helps children develop social skills such as taking turns and cooperation. The curriculum encourages focused listening with music to improve skills in following directions. Music is combined with movement and that creates new learning pathways in the brain.
Cedar Hill Prep Continues to Win as they Win the First Debate of the School Year! Cedar Hill Prep School made a clean sweep at the first Debate Meet of the Garden State Debate League, held at the Hun School on October 26th, 2019. Arnav Upadhyay won the Golden Gavel for the Best Speaker at the tournament, out of approximately 100 speakers. Cedar Hill Prep School teams walked away with the most wins by percentage points and overall wins. Thirty-seven teams participated in all. Congratulations Cedar Hill Prep Debate Team!
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.